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Trey Mancini will have plenty of suitors among AL contenders if the Orioles decide to move him

Trey Mancini will have plenty of suitors among AL contenders if the Orioles decide to move him

With under 24 hours to go before the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline, the Orioles have made just one deal so far, sending Andrew Cashner to Boston for a couple of low-level prospects.

Now that the newly-singular deadline is almost here, rumors are finally starting to heat up all around the sport. The Orioles’ best player, Trey Mancini, is one of the latest names being mentioned by national reporters.

Mancini, who has played outfield and first base in his time with the O’s is enjoying a true breakout season. Combining career-high marks in both walk percentage and launch angle with a career-low strikeout rate has led to his best offensive season to date. 

The 27-year-old slugger has already hit 24 home runs this season, tying his career-high before we even reach August.

While the Orioles are obvious candidates to sell at this year’s deadline, some players are more straightforward than others. Mancini looks like the biggest question mark. Do Mike Elias and the front office want to keep Mancini in Baltimore to build around, or would they rather use his breakout to acquire more talent and assets for the future?

Mancini won’t be a free agent until 2023, and those years of team control will be very attractive on the open market. Whether or not he’s moved probably comes down to how real the Orioles feel his breakout is and how neatly he fits the team’s competitive window.

Because of those years of control, the O’s won’t be desperate to move him. In reality, they are almost certainly open to any great offer, while still comfortable knowing he could be the face of some pretty lean years in Baltimore.

One positive note from the latest rumors? Houston and Tampa Bay are widely considered two of the three smartest, most forward-thinking organizations in the sport. They may even be numbers one and two, depending on how you feel about the Dodgers.

The fact that franchises as successful and well-run as the Astros and Rays are interested in paying for Mancini highlights just how productive he can be as a player, and it should give Orioles fans confidence if the front office decides to keep him around long term. More often than not, if those two teams are hoping to acquire a player, then that player brings something pretty valuable to the table.

The sole trade deadline could make for an exciting afternoon this July 31, but if the Orioles decide not to move their best asset, that could end up being the most exciting outcome of all for fans in Baltimore.

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini stays hot in 8-4 home loss to Blue Jays

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini stays hot in 8-4 home loss to Blue Jays

In a fitting tribute to most games this season in Baltimore, Trey Mancini had a terrific day at the plate, but the pitching staff allowed too many home runs and the O's ended up losing.

Here's everything you need to know about the Orioles.

Player Updates:

OF Trey Mancini hasn't slowed down at all for the Orioles, turning in a 4-for-4 night to tie his career high in hits. He's hitting .286 with 34 home runs during his breakout season.

OF Austin Hays enjoyed a banner night, hitting his first home run of the season and making one of the year's highlight catches, robbing a home run well over the centerfield wall.

SP Gabriel Ynoa allowed three runs in 6.1 innings. He didn't walk anyone and allowed just six hits, but he also only struck out one batter despite pitching into the seventh inning, and two of the hits allowed were home runs.

Injuries

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Friday, 9/20: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Saturday, 9/21: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Sunday, 9/22: Mariners at Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Camden Yards

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore falls to Toronto, 8-5

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore falls to Toronto, 8-5

The Baltimore Orioles lost the first of their penultimate home series for the season 8-5 to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night. 

Here are the latest player news and notes.

Player Updates:

OF Mason Williams crashed hastily into the back wall trying to prevent a Blue Jays score in the top of the ninth. It was 2B Cavan Biggio's line drive that ended up as a two-run triple to give the Blue Jays some cushion. That triple helped Biggio complete the cycle. Austin Hays replaced Williams while he was checked for a concussion. 

X-Ray tests came back negative for DH Renato Nunez after his left hand was hit by a pitch in Monday's loss to the Tigers. He could be back Wednesday. 

Injuries

DH Mark Trumbo, shoulder, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Wednesday, 9/18: Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Thursday, 9/19: Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Friday, 9/19: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

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